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A burning sensation is an infrequent side effect of Lexapro® (escitalopram oxalate). The medical term for this burning sensation is paresthesia. For those taking Lexapro, this burning or prickling sensation is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet -- but it can occur in other parts of the body. The sensation, which normally happens without warning, is usually painless and is described as tingling or numbness, skin crawling, or itching.
In previous clinical studies, a burning sensation occurred in 2 percent of people taking Lexapro. If you are taking Lexapro and burning sensations become a problem, talk with your healthcare provider. It is possible that if the burning sensation is bothersome to you, your doctor may recommend adjusting the Lexapro dosage or trying another medicine for your condition.